Perfect Manifestation in the Earth
If we would know the love of the Father (that has been manifested through His Son, who overcame sin, error, disease, and even death itself in the material plane), then let us rely on the power of His indwelling presence and have a greater knowledge, a greater understanding of the Christ Consciousness, the Christ Life, in our experience.
To accomplish this we do not have to shut ourselves away from our friends, our associates, or even our enemies. The Master never did. If it is our purpose to manifest perfectly the fruits of the Spirit, this is possible through our manner of living. We should seek, therefore, to know His way for us. This cannot be achieved by denying the existence of sin or error. It is true that sin and error are not of God except through our willful disobedience. If there is in us the manifestation of greed, avarice, hate, selfishness, unkindness, ungodliness in our life, they will bring their fruit-contention, strife, hate, avarice, and separatenees from the light. Those who have turned their face from the light of God can see only shadows and darkness. Yet, if they will turn to the Father of love as manifested in the earth through the Christ, even in this life there may be seen the light and the glory of a new birth. "... for His mercy endureth forever."
The Father has not left His children alone, but for every temptation has prepared a way of escape. Should we be less merciful? We were in the beginning made children of God, yet few of us act as His children.
We can understand better perfect manifestation in the earth, when we comprehend, when we realize that there is no time, no space, and that the divinity of the man Jesus was perfect in His own activity in the earth; for it (His sacrifice) was offered even from the first. (See 262-57.)
If we would be perfect manifestations then, let us be ready to forgive, even as our Master did. He did not set any moral law but that of which the soul of humankind was conscious. So, we may know that within dwells the spirit of God, that which quickens if we will acknowledge His power and His divine right with us. When the Master lived among people His presence cleansed all who sought relief from physical disease, and better prepared them to manifest the fruits of the Spirit in their lives. He did not save their bodies from the grave or transition from one sphere to another, but He quickened their souls and their minds to such a degree that they would cry as Joshua of old-"... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Throughout the experience of humanity in the material world, at various seasons and periods, would-be teachers have come; setting up certain forms or certain theories as to manners in which individuals shall control the appetites of the body or of the mind, so as to attain to some particular phase of development.
There has also come a teacher who was bold enough to declare himself as the son of the living God. He set no rules of appetite.
men should do to you, do ye even so to them," and to know, inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, thy brethren, ye do it unto thy Maker. He declared that the kingdom of heaven is within each individual, and that each through meditation upon the fact that God is the Father of all could become aware of the kingdom. Such a teacher became the Christ. Here, then, you find a friend, a brother, a companion. As He gave, "I call you not servants... but I have called you friends." For, as many as believe, to them He gives power to become the children of God, the Father; joint heirs with this Jesus, the Christ, in the knowledge and in the awareness of this presence abiding ever with those who set this ideal before them.
What, then, is this One as an ideal?
As concerning our fellow human beings, He taught that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us, to take no thought, to worry not, to be not overanxious about the body, for He knows what things we have need of. Then we should realize that in the place, in the consciousness in which we find ourself, today, is that which is needed for our greater, our better, and more wonderful unfoldment.
But today HEAR His voice, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." The Lord loveth those who put their trust WHOLLY in Him.
This, then, is that attitude of mind that puts away hate, malice, anxiety, jealousy. And in their stead, since mind is the builder, creates the fruits of the spirit; love, patience, mercy, long-suffering, kindness, gentleness. And against these, there is no law. They break down barriers, they bring peace and harmony, they bring the outlook upon life of not finding fault because someone "forgot," someone's judgment was bad, someone was selfish today. These ye can overlook, for so did He.
In His own experience with those whom He had chosen out of the world, if He had held disappointment in their leaving Him to the mercies of an indignant high priest, a determined lawyer and an unjust steward, what would have been thy hope, thy promise today?